Modi must raise H-1B visa issue with Trump: Indians in US

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India and Portugal on Saturday launched a joint worldwide startup hub soon after Narendra Modi expressed his amazement that there has been no bilateral Indian Prime Ministerial visit ever to this European nation that is home to around 70,000 people of Indian origin.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister in Portugal for a bilateral visit.

Modi said the entire world is now looking at India.

Modi also said India attracted largest foreign direct investment (FDI) as a result of the NDA government policies in the last three years, during his interaction with a group of CEOs of top 20 American firms.

However, there are fundamental differences between them on issues including the H-1B visas, used by many Indian IT companies, and the Paris climate accord, which India supports and Trump has withdrawn the US from. Although the countries have not signed any military treaties, defence partnership is of key importance to both nations, one of the reasons being that "India has signed over $15 billion in defence contracts with the United States", according to the White House statement. Given Goa's strong cultural and historic connection with Portugal, Modi's visit, the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to the U.S. and the Netherlands, is significant.

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The Indians waiting there were heard chanting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Modi- Modi." to greet the Prime Minister.

She and her friends, visibly excited to see him, said they hoped the Indian Prime Minister would raise with Mr. Trump concerns over the H1B visas, widely uses by Indian technology companies to send IT professionals to the US. The more we share happiness on this occasion the more it increases. In fact, the two (leaders) will have dinner, a working dinner at the White House. Just hours before Modi was to land in Washington, Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to "welcoming India's PM Modi to White House on Monday".

The platform initiated by Startup India and supported by Commerce & Industry Ministry and Startup Portugal to create a mutually supportive entrepreneurial partnership.

"President Trump realises that India is a force for good and that will come through in the visit on Monday", a senior official said.

"When they sit across the table and they have a one on one discussion or they have an extended delegation that will talk, I would presume that they would cover the wide gamut of relations between India and the US", Sarna had said.

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